ERIC Number: ED436534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Learning Programs Evaluation: Part 3 Report. Case Studies of Alternative Schools and Programs.
Cobb, Caronly; Brewer, Delores; Bauman, Amy; Groves, Paula; Rayle, Joesph; Noblit, George
In 1996, North Carolina began a 5-year evaluation of alternative learning programs (ALPs). This report contains in-depth case studies of four ALPs during the 1996-97 school year. The ALPs were selected to represent different types of programs in the state, and include one middle school, two high school, and one elementary school programs. The case studies were designed to look at issues of student attitudes, behavior, and problem solving. Across the programs, it was found that ALP staff combine caring with high expectations and that they determine program effectiveness by the success of individual students. ALP students do not usually maintain their ties with the schools they have left, and many ALPs are regarded by students as dumping grounds or "junior jails." Many staff members do not have adequate training or support, and the programs lack adequate facilities, materials, and budgets. Based on case study findings, recommendations are made for improvement of staffing and resources for ALPs. Small class size, an individualized and experiential teaching format, and a caring faculty are essential if ALPs are to function effectively. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina